My two menfolk love cookies, especially chocolate chip. But my daughter… not so much. In fact, she won’t eat cookies in general. I thought all kids were supposed to love cookies… but guess she got some of this from me… I typically don’t like cake and ice cream. Even as a kid.
So it became my mission to find a cookie that I could bake and have my *whole family* enjoy… my daughter included. Finally, after months of excruciating testing (not that my son or husband were complaining) I found a cookie that my daughter loves too! But in these pictures, her brother beat her to the plate…
It is basically a sugar cookie with chocolate chips and M&M’s mixed in. I know, I don’t exactly know how this makes it different then a regular chocolate chip cookie. It probably isn’t. But once I stopped finding and making recipes for chocolate chip cookies, and instead started finding and making sugar cookie recipes and adding chocolate chips into it… they started to taste different. And we all love them.
Our Family’s Favorite Cookie… otherwise known as: Clara’s Only Cookie
(use organic ingredients whenever possible!)
1 1/2 C all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Stir together flour, baking soda and baking powder.
Melt 1 stick of butter (1/2 C) on the stovetop.
Mix in 3/4 C of sugar, stir to cool the butter.
Once cooled, add 1 egg and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract to the butter/sugar mixture. Blend well.
Gradually blend the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Add tons of chocolate chips and several handfuls of M&M’s! Yum! Eat a few more handfuls yourself… you deserve it, after all, you are the cook.
I usually use my hands and form balls of dough, making sure to get several M&M’s into each cookie, but you could just scoop out heaping spoonfuls… bake these for 8 minutes, until the edges begin to golden. I like my cookies chewy, so I leave them a tad undercooked in the middle.
Let cool, and devour. Makes about 18 cookies. Perfect for one serving. 🙂
Tip: Usually, when I’m mixing up the flour part, I make 4 times as much as the recipe calls for.
So I mix 6 cups of flour, 2 tsp. baking soda, and 1 tsp. baking powder into a large bowl.
Then I put 1 1/2 cups of the mixture into three different jars, and use the last 1 1/2 cups to make cookies right now.
That way I have 3 more batches of cookies waiting in my pantry, ready to go, for the next time I want… err… my kids want cookies.
All I have to do when the mood strikes is melt a stick of butter, add the sugar, egg, vanilla… dump in the flour mix, all right in the same pot on the stove top… and throw them in the oven.
I know, you are rolling your eyes at me…. how the heck is that any easier then just making them all from scratch. But folks, you know the power of feeling like you have a *mix* ready to go… come on. This is why pre-mixed boxes of muffins and cakes and brownies are a multi million dollar industry. Those aren’t hard to mix up either, let’s face it. But there is something about thinking that the cookies are already started that makes it easier to just finish them off and pop them in the oven. Try it. I garuntee that if you make 4 jars of cookie mix, you will make cookes about 4 times more often then you normally do. Which I realize might not be a good thing. BUT! IF you sneak healthy things into the flour, like ground flax seeds and whey powder, which I often do… then you can certainly justify this!
This also means I can add anything I want into the cookies to change it up.
I recently added some oatmeal and some dark chocolate covered raisins instead of chocolate chips and M&M’s, and had a sort of oatmeal raisin meets sugar cookie hybrid with dark chocolate in it. It was luscious.
Sure, my daughter wouldn’t eat it… but hey, you win some you lose some. xoxo